James and Sharon Tays arrived in Katy when there was only one high school, one junior high and two elementary schools. James Tays began his teaching career as a Coordinated Vocational Academic Education teacher at Katy Junior High. He mentored young men and developed their academic interests for future employment. While teaching, he received his Masters of Education in Educational Administration from Texas A&M.
In 1976, James became the assistant principal of West Memorial Junior High,under the leadership of Garland McMeans. James took over as Principal when McMeans opened Taylor High School. James served more than 20 years in his role at West Memorial Junior High, and was a role model and mentor to other principals until his retirement.
Sharon Tays began her career in 1972 at Katy Elementary where she taught second grade. She received a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M while teaching.
When Hutsell Elementary School opening in 1978, Sharon transferred and continued to teach second grade. While at Hutsell, she was honored as a Campus Teacher of the Year. She was a second grade team leader for several years until she moved to Katy Junior High where she served as a reading specialist up until her retirement.
With nearly 60 years of combined service, the Tays' represent a lifelong commitment to the education of Katy ISD students. As mentors, they were encouraging and supportive to both teachers and students. As individuals and as a couple, they significantly and positively impacted the lives of thousands of Katy ISD students and colleagues.